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Yacht Stew Confession: I sucked at napkin folding

For yacht stews, the preparation for meal service on a superyacht is a whole art unto itself. The traditional term is mise en place, but Midwestern girls like me prefer to call it “settin’ the table.” Okay, it’s a bit more cumbersome than simply remembering “fork on the left” and “knife on the right,” but, […]

“The Chef and Stewardess Dance” by Victoria Allman, Yacht Chef & Author

My two favorite books about what “yachtie” life is like, especially from the perspective of working onboard, are by megayacht chef and author, Victoria Allman. I highly recommend checking out either of her two books about being yacht crew: SEAsoned: A Chef’s Journey with Her Captain (2011) and Sea Fare: A Chef’s Journey Across The […]

Yacht Stewardess: Does the superyacht industry still use the term “steward/ess”?

Fans of Below Deck on Bravo TV have been commenting on Twitter and Facebook about the British accent that Kat and Sam continually use. No, I’m not referring to the Rhode Island accent Kat plays up when drinking (something I personally find to be quite funny), but rather, when she jokingly mimics a British person, […]

Globetrotting in Yachting. A superyacht crew benefit: The Travel

While there are numerous benefits to becoming a crew member on a superyacht, one of the most rewarding is the opportunity to travel (and on someone else’s dime). It furthers one to cross the great water.” —I Ching, Chinese classic text I now know this to be true. When I came home for my first […]

Yacht Stew Confession: I screwed up my first time day working (and I even took my toothbrush!)

A sample “Confession” from The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess: Confessions from My Years Afloat with the Rich and Famous: When Julie was learning the ropes of what “detailing” (a.k.a. hardcore cleaning) meant in the yachting industry, she had no idea just how detailed they meant… Nor what key weapon she would need […]

Preparing for Guests Aboard a Megayacht Can Be Stressful for the Crew (but fun, too!)

A sample “Confession” from The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess: There is a lot of pressure on the crew before a yacht owner or group of yacht-charter guests comes aboard for a trip. But as a yacht stewardess, Julie found the team-wide commotion to be exhilarating…